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Ripe with Rich Attainments: Jethro Toll's A Passion Play', Reassessed
A Passion Play tends to draw the most resistance from even prog-rock aficionados; it obliges time and attention to let it work its charms. [24.Jul.14]
I Never Believed in Background Music: Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes
Rich Robinson was half of the Black Crowes, but as a solo artist, he's finally flown into his most distinct, powerful effort to date. [24.Jul.14]
Weird Al Yankovic: Mandatory Fun
Yankovic's release-week overexposure lead him to having his first #1 album, but the parodies prove to be way better than the originals this go-round. #Accordions [24.Jul.14]
Sun-Drenched '90s Nostalgia at Forecastle Day Three
Forecastle rounded out its 2014 installment with aplomb, proving that is only going to get bigger and better from here on out. [24.Jul.14]
A Tragedy Wanting to Happen: Death and Lana Del Rey
By Jonathan Crossley
Lana Del Rey is both sculpted by pain and feels creatively defined by it. Her recent feud with the Guardian, however, reveals that she is not entirely lost. [23.Jul.14]
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Yankovic's release-week overexposure lead him to having his first #1 album, but the parodies prove to be way better than the originals this go-round. #Accordions
These are faithfully recreated jet-setting sounds from the golden age of air travel, and the highs hit quite high.
Reformed British band Unkle Bob reform and return with characteristic charm on third album Embers.
LA-based tunesmith Devon Williams decides to join his peers and craft a musical exploration of that trendiest of decades, the 1980s.
The man who never met a genre he couldn't master tackle old-school hip-hop, delivering a solid effort that is more hits than misses.
The real variance between a band of sophisticated copycats and this bunch is indeed intelligence.
Forecastle rounded out its 2014 installment with aplomb, proving that is only going to get bigger and better from here on out.
Some might be enamoured by the nods to classic rock, and some might not, but what you get in the end is an album of little significance.
Deliverance. This being the singer's 10th album, David Gray presents himself as a complete man with these 11 songs.
Solo piano from the idiosyncratic and omnivorous jazz pianist.
Reissue of the overlooked indie classic by pop oddballs Eric Matthews and Richard Davies.
The songs on A Period of Review were essential to Leimer developing his own style. Whether or not they're essential to your music library is another matter.
Festival organizers won the day by pulling in some top talent from the nation’s jazz capital (New Orleans, of course) to mark the occasion.
For the Recently Found Innocent, Tim Presley's first studio-made record as White Fence ups the ante over his previous work.
Yasiin Gaye swings back around for round two of the long-playing soul/hip-hop mashups. Nice.
This is a pretty dull record that doesn’t excite the listener – you’ve heard this all done before on Psychocandy or Darklands or elsewhere.
The Hollies were one of the most successful acts of the '60s, but are almost always relegated as a footnote.
Mac Miller continues on his path following money, fame, drugs and alcohol, while writing some clever, craftily worded lyrics along the way.
Day two of Forecastle concluded with the audience being rocked to muscle weakness.
The collaborators are different, but the voice is just as strong, and has only gotten better with time.
America’s hardest working funnyman returns with his 10th full-length album, First of Dismay. Repulsive, repellent, live out your fears.
Carly-Jo is a magnificent addition to New Country sounds, and represents the very best of what country-pop, country-rock or whatever you want to call it has to offer.
(Clan of) Xymox launched their career with the long out-of-print EP Subsequent Pleasures. Dark Entries reintroduces this odd yet compelling recording to those who missed out on it the first time.
With the best of intentions, British producer Daniel Boyle reunites Scratch with his vintage '70s dub equipment.
From the minimalist indie rock of Spoon to the extravagant performance by OutKast, day one of Forecastle did not disappoint.
An updated, exquisite, extraordinary, genuine electronic classic.
If you love crisp, jangly, guitar rock, the Clean's Anthology is quite the collection.
Bubba Sparxxx has made plenty of good songs and a couple of great albums. Made on McCosh Mill Road, unfortunately, has very few of the former and is not the latter.
On 48:13, Kasabian largely eschew rock, pop and melody for a sound dominated by electronica and synths. With this they have lost a lot of what made them so good.
Sheffield lads continue their run of exceptional, hook-laden indie pop with their latest release.
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With Eons, Nate Lacy opens up his internal world into a vast starry landscape, creating a gorgeously organic record made for headphones. [23.Jul.14]
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Rich Robinson was half of the Black Crowes, but as a solo artist, he's finally flown into his most distinct, powerful effort to date. [23.Jul.14]
By Jonathan Crossley
Lana Del Rey is both sculpted by pain and feels creatively defined by it. Her recent feud with the Guardian, however, reveals that she is not entirely lost. [22.Jul.14]
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A Passion Play tends to draw the most resistance from even prog-rock aficionados; it obliges time and attention to let it work its charms. [23.Jul.14]
The Weapon of the Future
Ukraine was once considered the musical heartland of the Russian Empire, its culture thriving between the cracks of various powerful and competing empires. [22.Jul.14]
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